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The flamingo tongue snail feeds on gorgonian corals, which have toxic soft tissue. But it isn’t put off by the coral’s toxicity—it repurposes the chemicals for itself! Its bright color & pattern are aposematic, meaning they act as a warning sign to foes to keep their distance.
Generation to Generation features works by present-day Native artists demonstrating how traditional art forms are being interpreted by today's generations. More: (3/3)
See Yolonda's Killer Whale Chilkat Wrap up close in the Museum’s revitalized Northwest Coast Hall as part of the Generation to Generation special exhibition. (2/3)
Meet Yolonda Skelton of the Gitxsan Nation. As a textile artist, her fashion designs are inspired and created from traditional oral stories told to her by her late maternal grandmother Lily Jackson (Na-gwa). (1/3)
The Inca Tern might be spotted along the Pacific coast of South America, where it lives in large colonies. It prefers to hang out around the cool Humboldt Current, which provides it with plenty of anchovies to munch on. Both males & females don striking white mustaches.
Say "hi" to the Puerto Rican Tody! The vibrant bird lives on its namesake island, where it lives in damp and humid forests. You might catch a glimpse of a Tody taking a bath in dew or in wet foliage on a sunny morning after rain—its preferred type of weather and time of day!☀️
“I wanted to see every bit of background in the display cases filled with words of the people who lived there." Co-Curator Haa’yuups on @AMNH's renewed hall, highlighting the arts and cultures of Indigenous communities from the Pacific Northwest Coast:…
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Learn more about trilobites and see fossils up close in the Trilobite exhibit in the Museum’s Grand Gallery. This exhibit is made possible thanks in part to Andy Secher, author of the new book “Travels with Trilobites.” >>
It’s time for #TrilobiteTuesday! Pictured is a 5.1-inch- (13-centimeter-) long Cheirururs from the Ordovician of Morocco. This specimen is one of the largest examples of its genus found so far within the fossil-rich North African nation.
Say “hi” to the Kaka! This large parrot lives in New Zealand. It can grow up to 17 in (44 cm) long and weigh up to 14 oz (400 g). It inhabits a variety of forests, where it nests in tree cavities. Fruit, seeds, and invertebrates make up the majority of its diet.
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💎Learn more in the Mignone Halls of Gems & Minerals! The Museum is open from Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5:30 (2/2)
It’s time for #MineralMonday! #DYK? Zircons are among the world's oldest gemstones & appear in Sanskrit & Arabic texts dating back thousands of years. Known for superior brilliance, fire, & clarity, zircons range from colorless to pale yellow, green, or brown. #NewYorkRocks (1/2)
Meet the ornate narrow-mouthed frog! It has a wide range across southern Asia, where it inhabits wetlands. One study found that in a dry region of Sri Lanka, this species made its home in piles of Asian elephant dung, possibly because it contains lots of undigested vegetation.💩V
First visit to the Natural History Museum! Fascinating time at @AMNH.
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Go see the newly reinstalled/ transformed Northwest Coast Hall @AMNH which invited indigenous curators to contextualize their own cultural history w/ smart, sometimes heartbreaking truths. It’s riveting!
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What's a gold-mouth sea squirt? It’s a tunicate, part of the marine invertebrate animal group that also includes salps and sea tulips. Tunicates are filter-feeders, drawing in water through an opening known as a siphon to devour phytoplankton and bacteria.
Meet the Russet-naped Wood-Rail! This striking bird is an inhabitant of wetlands, including swampy forests & mangroves, & ranges from southern Mexico through to northern Costa Rica. It’s an elusive bird & often remains unseen amid the thick vegetation that fills its habitat.
Magnificent minerals and a visit to my favorite giant iron meteorite @AMNH ☄️
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COVID-19 has had a big impact on #deeplearning. In a study published by @AMNH and @SRI_Intl (The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Youth STEM Pathways). Nearly all students (85%) reported the pandemic having a negative impact on their academic growth.
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A perfect Saturday with dinosaur bones. Next up: reading dinosaur books on the couch
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Today’s Exhibit of the Day features the largest of all antelopes, the giant eland! Males can reach a ton in weight & stand as tall as 6 ft (1.8 m) at the shoulder. Visit the Museum’s Hall of African Mammals to see it up close. Plan your visit:
Triceratops’ skull measures ~8 ft (2.4 m) long, yet it was much lighter than it looks. Inside its massive head, its brain was smaller than that of a German shepherd! See triceratops in the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs. #FossilFriday Plan your trip:
The revitalized Hall has been enlivened with new interpretation developed with Consulting Curators from the Coast Salish, Gitxsan, Haida, Haíltzaqv, Kwakwakaw'akw, Nuu-cha-nulth, Nuxalk, Tlingit, & Tsimshian communities.
🌟The revitalized Northwest Coast Hall at the Museum opens to the public today! Showcasing the creativity, scholarship, & history of the living cultures of the Pacific Northwest, the Hall reopens in the Museum’s oldest gallery. For more details,
The satanic leaf-tailed gecko is a master of disguise that specializes in mimicking dry leaves. Its tail even looks like it’s rotting or has been chewed. If spotted by a foe, this Madagascar resident will drop the camouflage act & open its bright red mouth for a shocking display.
Las vacunas son uno de los logros más trascendentales de la humanidad. Hoy día salvan más vidas que cualquier otro procedimiento médico. ¿Cómo funcionan y se desarrollan? Lo explico en el más reciente video en colaboración con @AMNH.
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Las vacunas son uno de los triunfos más grandes de la humanidad; salvan más vidas que cualquier otro procedimiento médico. Pero ¿cómo funcionan? @moefeliu
Say “hi” to the Indigo Bunting! It has a wide range and can be spotted across North America, down through Central and South America, and even into parts of the Caribbean! It prefers brushy habitats near the edge of a forest, where it snacks on seeds and insects.
The gallery presents more than 1,000 restored cultural treasures enlivened with new interpretation developed with Consulting Curators from the Coast Salish, Gitxsan, Haida, Haíltzaqv, Kwakwakaw'akw, Nuu-cha-nulth, Nuxalk, Tlingit, & Tsimshian communities:
Hear from Judith Ramos, one of the Consulting Curators of the Northwest Coast Hall, about the significance of this Tlingit ceremonial fish trap hat. Learn more about the living cultures of the Pacific Northwest in the revitalized Northwest Coast Hall, opening this Friday!
🌟Learn more about the Museum's Seminars on Science program, which offers easily accessible online courses in the life, Earth, & physical sciences for educators! For more details and registration info,…R
We have statistically significant differences in learning CT for those who took @AMNH Decode program which integrates CT into Ecology. See this video, join the discussion… #STEMvideohall #computationalthinking #integrated STEM
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Next in our #SpectrumOfLife exploration is the Japanese spider crab! Claw to claw, this giant arthropod spans up to 12 ft across- the world's largest living crab species. You can find them off Japan's Pacific coast crawling along the seafloor in search of dead & decaying matter.
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Meet the Brazilian porcupine! In addition to Brazil, you may spot it in the forests of Colombia and Argentina. This master climber has a prehensile tail, which it uses to cling to branches and navigate the forest canopy.
The Cape sundew is a carnivorous plant that’s well-equipped to catch flies. Its leaves are lined with tentacles that are covered in a clear glue-like liquid that helps it to entrap and digest prey. It can also curl up its leaves to put insects into even more of a bind.🪰A
It's #TrilobiteTuesday! Ever wonder how long it takes to prepare a spiny trilobite? In the case of this 3-in- (7.62-cm-) long Boedaspis, the answer is 50 hours of work! Modern preparation techniques have made it more possible to unearth complete fossils like this one.
Squirrel or rabbit? Neither! It’s the southern viscacha. This rodent lives in South America & is a skilled climber that inhabits mountainous areas. A gregarious critter, the viscacha lives in colonies, which consist of multiple family units that can be as large as 75 individuals.
If you’re wondering what a computational science educator at @AMNH does, check out this video summary of a middle school ecosystem modeling summer camp I’ve been working on for the last few years.…
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happy mother’s day to my favorite human @eickarumba who is always there for our kids no matter what ❤️ we had a blast at our favorite mother’s day spot @AMNH 🌱h
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Coupled with NY's long history as a center of trade, commerce, & education, its mineralogy is among the most well-studied of any city! 💎Learn more in the Mignone Halls of Gems & Minerals! The Museum is open from Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5:30 (2/2)
It’s #MineralMonday! This specimen of stilbite on schist is from Park Ave. & 92nd St in Manhattan. #DYK? NYC is one of the most extensively excavated areas on Earth that isn’t a mine, thanks to hundreds of yrs of excavation for building foundations, subways, & more. #NewYorkRocks
Nothing to see here, just your average tree branch… or is it? Take a closer look and you might notice the Common Potoo! This master of disguise lives in parts of Central and South America and roosts on high perches, motionless.
In celebration of #MothersDay, we’re highlighting the Grizzly Bear Diorama in the Hall of North American Mammals. The mama bear in this scene is showing her six-month-olds how to tear open a rotted pine for ants & grubs to eat. This scene takes place in Yellowstone National Park.
#DYK? The tiger rat snake is one of the largest snakes in the Americas, growing as much as 10 ft (3 m) long! It lives in parts of Mexico & South America, where it inhabits forests, preferably near water.
Exhibit of the Day: the Pink Flamingos painting in the Hall of North American Birds! The artwork is by noted bird artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes, who was one of the first artists to paint background murals at the Museum.🦩 Plan your
Our star, the Sun, is just one of hundreds of billions of stars swirling within the Milky Way Galaxy. The Milky Way is a huge collection of stars, dust, & gas. It’s called a spiral galaxy because if you could view it from the top or bottom, it would look like a spinning pinwheel!
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